Former F1 driver Dan Guney is recovering from major knee surgery

Former Grand Prix, IndyCar and sports car legend Dan Gurney is recuperating and in typically excellent spirits after undergoing major knee surgery last week.

The 80-year-old American – who won four F1 Grands Prix and claimed three Indy 500 podiums during his racing heyday – underwent the procedure last week, and he’s now sporting a titanium knee joint.

“It hurts and it’s hard to get comfortable to sleep but they had me standing up on it the same day they replaced it so that’s encouraging for an old geezer,” he told SPEED TV.

“My wife (Evi) has become a damn good nurse and it’s a good thing!” he joked.

Foyt and Gurney were winners at the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours And in a strange coincidence, the 1967 Le Mans 24 Hours winner’s co-driver, the legendary A.J. Foyt (pictured with Gurney, right), also underwent major knee surgery last week.

The two have spent their recovery period joking with one another on the phone.

“A.J. said he left the hospital three days before his doctors wanted him to and now he’s suffering,” Gurney added.

“I told him he was just trying to live up to his reputation.”

[Images via AutoWeek and The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.